The year ahead in design: all the key dates you need

The biggest biennials, fairs and exhibitions over the next 12 months

The Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from 19 September until January 2020

The Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from 19 September until January 2020


London Design Festival

Various locations, London (14-22 September)

Inaugurated in 2003, the London Design Festival, including exhibitions, talks and gallery openings, has become known for its large, temporary installations, with four planned across the city this year. These include site-specific works by Kengo Kuma at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the design firm Patternity at Westminster Cathedral, Liz West at Fortnum and Mason’s Piccadilly flagship store and Martino Gamper at King’s Cross. Indeed, King’s Cross, along with Chelsea, are two new additions to the festival’s “Design Districts”, making a total of 11 neighbourhoods that are clustered a walkable distance from one another so that visitors can explore the urban design of the city.

Bauhaus week Berlin

Various locations, Berlin (until 8 September)

Vienna Biennale for Change—Brave New Virtues: Shaping Our Digital World

Various locations, Vienna (until 6 October)

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial—Nature

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (until 20 January 2020)

Maison & Objet/Paris Design Week

Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, Paris (5-14 September)

Beijing Design Week

Various locations, Beijing (5 September–7 October)

Original Bauhaus: The Centenary Exhibition

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (6 September-27 January 2020)

Design in the Third Reich

Design Museum, Den Bosch, Netherlands (until-20 January 2020)

Beazley Designs of the Year

Design Museum, London (opens 11 September)

Chicago Architecture Biennial: And Other Such Stories

Various locations, Chicago (19 September-5 January 2020)

More than 80 architects, artists and researchers from four continents are included in the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which has quickly become one of the foremost architectural design events in the Americas. Under the artistic directorship of Yesomi Umolu and the curatorial vision of Sepake Angiama and the architect Paulo Tavares, this year’s iteration presents projects that address land, cultural memory, civil rights and civic participation. Artists such as Theaster Gates, Tania Bruguera and Do Ho Suh join international design firms like Forensic Architecture and organisations including the American Indian Center and the Settler Colonial City Project to explore the social and environmental issues facing architecture and design today. Located in the historic Chicago Cultural Center in the heart of the city’s downtown area, the biennial hosts programmes, installations and events at numerous sites across the city, all of which are free and open to the public.

XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo

Various locations, Sao Paulo (19 September-19 December)

The Los Angeles Schools

A+D Museum, Los Angeles (21 September-24 November)

Oslo Architecture Triennale—Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (26 September-24 November)

Vienna Design Week

Various locations, Vienna (27 September-6 October)

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924-Today

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (28 September-19 January 2020)

The London Design Biennial opens on 14 September 2020


Design Week Mexico

Various locations, Mexico City (3-27 October)

Feria Libre de Arquitectura

Various locations, Santiago, La Serena, Puerto Montt and Iquique, Chile (3-27 October)

Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Various locations, Lisbon (3 October-2 December)

National Design Week

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, (12-19 October)

XVII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires

Various locations, Buenos Aires (15-26 October)

Modernism Week

Various locations, Palm Springs, California (17-20 October)

Designart Tokyo

Various locations, Tokyo (18-27 October)

Moving to Mars

Design Museum, London (18 October-23 February 2020)

The Shape of the Future

MCA Chicago, Chicago (19 October-5 April 2020)

Dutch Design Week

Various locations, Eindhoven (19-27 October)

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, Barcelona (31 October-2 February 2020)

Fundación Desierto de Atacama, which explores conservation issues affecting Indigenous communities in Chile, features in the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, running from November to February 2020


Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine

Victoria and Albert Museum Dundee, Dundee (2 November-23 February 2020)

Dubai Design Week

Various locations, Dubai (11-16 November)

Cars: Accelerating The Modern World

Victoria and Albert Museum, London (23 November-19 April 2020)

Sharjah Architecture Triennial

Al-Qasimyah School and the Al Jubail Vegetable Market, Sharjah (9 November-8 February 2020)

Curated by Adrian Lahoud, the inaugural edition of the triennial is the first event of its kind in the region and draws on the city's distinctive 1970s and 80s architecture.


World Architecture Festival

Various locations, Amsterdam (4-6 December)

State of Extremes

Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel (11 December-30 April 2020)

Survival Architecture

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco (19 December-3 May 2020)

Design Miami

Miami Beach Convention Centre, Miami (4-8 December)

One of the leading commercial design fairs in the world, Design Miami brings together some of the most influential dealers, designers and collectors, and coincides with Art Basel in Miami Beach.


IMM Cologne Furniture and Interiors Fair

Koelnmesse, Cologne (13-19 January)

Maison & Objet/Paris Design Week

Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, Paris (17-21 January)


Various Locations, Toronto (17-27 January)

Dutch Design Week takes place at various locations across Eindhoven


Stockholm Design Week

Various locations, Stockholm (3-9 February)

Modernism Week Palm Springs

Various locations, Palm Springs, California (13-23 February)


Guggenheim Museum, New York (20 February to Summer)

Design Indaba

Various locations, Cape Town (26-28 February)


Collectible Belgium

Vanderborght Building, Brussels (5-8 March)

Melbourne Design Week

Various locations, Melbourne (12-22 March)

Design Shanghai

Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai (12-15 March)

The leading design event in Asia, Design Shanghai brings together top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers and private collectors from across the continent. Now entering its seventh year, the fair is moving to the city’s spacious convention centre to accommodate its largest edition yet.

Arctic Design Week

Various locations, Rovaniemi, Finland (18-24 March)

Boston Design Week

Various locations, Boston (25 March-5 April)


Salone del Mobile

Fiera Milano Rho, Milan (21-26 April)

Milan Design Week

Various locations, Milan (21-26 April)

Milan's Salone del Mobile coincides with the Italian city's Design Week from 21-26 April 2020



Various locations, New York, (May 2020)

Queretaro Design Week

Various locations, Querétaro, Mexico (2-5 May)

ICCF—International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Gallery, New York (17-20 May)

Biennale Architettura

Various locations, Venice (23 May-29 November)

The most esteemed event of its kind in the world, the 17th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale explores pressing urban issues such as the need for more inclusive social housing and urban resources in both emerging and advanced economies, in response to widening political divides and growing wealth inequality. Called “How will we live together?” and curated by Hashim Sarkis, the dean of the school of architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the exhibition will present national participants with their own exhibitions in the pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as around the historic city centre of Venice. This edition will also include selected collateral events.

June-September 2020

Barcelona Design Week

Various locations, Barcelona (11-18 June)

Design Miami Basel

Messe Basel, Basel (18-21 June)

LA Design Festival

Various locations, Los Angeles (19-22 June)

São Paulo Design Weekend

Various locations, São Paulo (August)

London Design Biennial

Various locations, London (8-27 September 2020)

Istanbul Design Biennial

Various locations, Istanbul (September 2020)

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